SURF 2015


A pilot version of the Bioengineering Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program, funded from the Rose Sandholm grant was launched in 2015. The goal is to have selected undergraduate fellows work with faculty mentorship for 10 weeks during the summer, from June 2, 2015 until August 10, 2015 on a bioengineering  research project. The fellowship provides each  funding to each fellow  to be spent on each research project, along with free housing, a  stipend, and access to the Kanbar Center.





  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.